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to bring jews, christians, and muslims to the holy land to explore the challenges of three religions, two nations and one land. baruch's list of accomplishments is as impressive as it is long. i ask unanimous consent to insert a copy of his biography in the record following my remarks. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. kohl: i will just add that as a beloved cousin, valued friend and welcome reflection about all of our fathers that was strong, smart, and good. i thank the rabbi for his time and attention to the senate today, and i yield the floor. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: remarkable short history. i'm very amazed at how wonderful our country is. i note just in passing that my wife's father, my father-in-law was born in russia, emigrated to the united states, like the rabbi and senator kohl's father. mr. president, it took four months but the republicans will finally realizing their way back from the fiscal cliff has been right in front of them all along. in july the senate passed legislation to give economic certainty to 98
internationally recognized human rights and freedoms, such as the freedom of religion, expression, association and assembly and the rights to a fair trial and democratic elections anywhere in the world. that was the legislation that we reported in two of our committees. i might tell you it was overwhelming support that we should make it global. senator kyl talked about that, and others i'm sure will do also. when you look at h.r. 6156, you will see the exact language that we have in our magnitsky bill, with one exception -- anywhere in the world is changed to russia. i am disappointed by that. i join with senator kyl in that disappointment. i think it would have been much better if we incorporated the international standards, the global provisions. i think it's very important congress pass this bill. i strongly support it. i support the effort of getting this to the president as quickly as possible. but, madam president, it's a clear message here. this bill is our standard. we will be holding countries to this standard. we will look for other opportunities to attach these provisions to other t
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